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Green Meadow at a Glance

Green Meadow Waldorf School is an independent day school located 20 miles from New York City in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County, NY.

Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest and largest Waldorf schools in the US. From the young child's imaginative experiences of discovery and play in our Early Childhood program to the intellectual challenges presented in the High School, learning at Green Meadow is pursued with genuine desire and curiosity.

Through a curriculum of academically challenging lessons, infused by the arts and informed by a unique understanding of a child's developmental needs -- the hallmark of Waldorf education -- Green Meadow Waldorf School educates its students to become well-rounded individuals capable of bringing purpose and direction to their lives, ready to think on their own, stand for themselves and act with empathy toward others.

Green Meadow graduates are accepted at selective undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities around the country. With the benefit of their rich, interdisciplinary education, they pursue a wide range of interests and professions and go on to make a significant impact on the world.

Recognized internationally as a leading Waldorf school, Green Meadow Waldorf School offers an Early Childhood program (Parent & Child for those from birth to three, as well as Nursery and Kindergarten) and Grades One through Twelve. Our beautiful 11-acre campus allows our students access to the natural world, while our proximity to major highways enables us to attract a diverse student body of approx. 390 children, who come from 13 counties and nearly 90 towns in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as from several countries around the world.


Green Meadow Waldorf School is an accredited full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), an association that strengthens and supports Waldorf schools and informs the public of the benefits of Waldorf education.

Green Meadow is also an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), a voluntary association of more than 140 independent schools in the state of New York. All the schools are non-profit institutions that are chartered by the Board of Regents, individually governed by elected boards of trustees, and privately financed by tuitions, fees, and contributions.

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To learn more about our programs, please contact Melissa McDonagh, Director of Admissions, at mmcdonagh@gmws.org or 845-356-2514 x302 or Barbara Mann, for Early Childhood Admissions, at bmann@gmws.org or 845-356-2514 x330 or fill out our online Inquiry Form.

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